Being a sniper is generally not a qualification to be a school resource officer. However, Oxford High School’s Capt. Philip Zampella says it makes him a better policeman.
Zampella and OPD officer Sean Eyler took fourth place in the Mississippi Tactical Officers Association SWAT training in Meridian earlier this month. About 18 teams from around the state competed in the sniper shooting and entry competitions. Zampella and Eyler were two of six OPD SWAT teams members who attended and participated in the competition. The OPD SWAT team earned fifth place in the competition. (October 26, 2010, Page 1)
Since July, a panty raider has been on the loose in the city of Oxford, breaking into young women’s homes and stealing their unmentionables. Now, the perpertrator has extended his unusual crime spree beyond the city by targeting Lafayette County women as well. (September 2, 2010, Page 1)
Close to 50 charities in the community are at risk of losing their tax-exempt status if they don’t file tax returns by Oct. 15, according to the Internal Revenue Service. (July 28, 2010, Page 1)
The Oxford Police Department is investigating the theft of women’s lingerie from local female college students.
OPD has recently received four reports of someone entering a residence of four different female college students and taking several items of lingerie.
Anyone with information or needing to report similar incidents contact OPD Investigation Division at 232-2400. (June 25, 2010, Page 2A)
The Oxford Police Department has some of the strongest and most fit officers in Mississippi — and they have the awards to prove it.
OPD joined 46 fellow law enforcement officers from Mississippi, Tennessee and Virginia for the first Southeastern Regional LawFit Challenge at Olive Branch High School. All four local officers taking part at the challenge took home awards. (June 8, 2010, Page 1)
While the Square is no stranger to dogs and their owners during the day, another breed of four-legged friends have been sharing the sidewalks and streets with the usual nighttime crowds.
Oxford Police Department’s Mounted Patrol has been out and about the Square since being approved by the Oxford Board of Aldermen earlier this year. (May 28, 2010, Page 1B)
The Oxford Police Department arrested five people in connection with several local burglaries.
“Our detectives have been working nonstop,” Assistant Chief Joey East said. “We’re really proud of them. It shows their dedication and effort.” (May 27, 2010, Page 5)
To honor all law enforcement officers who made the ultimate sacrifice, the Lafayette County Law Enforcement Association will hold a memorial service at 11 a.m. Friday in front of Oxford City Hall on the Square. (May 12, 2010, Page 2)
With the bulk of the Double Decker Festival events being moved to Sunday, the Oxford Police Department has updated its traffic and parking restrictions for the weekend. (April 23, 2010, Page 9A)
On Saturday, a half-marathon and 5K run, Run4Hope, will be held in Oxford to benefit Camp Hopewell’s diabetes camp. More than 600 runners have already signed up for the race and organizers another 100 to join as walk-ins on Saturday. (February 26, 2010, Page 1A)